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Book Club Sets – Adult Title List

Book club titles available for lending to book discussion groups.

  • We have sets of titles, mostly fiction, previously read in our adult book club, Club Read.
  • If books are to be mailed from our library to you, a shipping and handling fee of $10 per set will be charged. An invoice will be included with your book shipment and should be paid upon receipt.
  • If books are picked up in person, NO handling fee is charged.
  • Each set of books is due back 8 weeks from the time they are shipped from or leave our library.
  • The borrower is responsible for replacing any lost or damaged books and notifying our library in the event that this occurs.

To book Adult and Young Adult titles, please use the Online Form on the Book Club Kits page.

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West Des Moines Public Library Adult Book Discussion List

For questions, contact the Reference Desk at 515-222-3403 or

Title (# copies available) Author
About a Boy (15) Hornby, Nick
Alice I Have Been (14) Benjamin, Melanie
The All of It (13) Haien, Jeannette
The Almost Moon (15) Sebold, Alice
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats (14) Sendker, Jan-Phillipe
Big Stone Gap (10) Trigiani, Adriana
Blanche on the Lam (13) Neely, Barbara
Blood Work (14) Connelly, Michael
Bloodroot (13) Greene, Amy
Bone River (10) Chan, Megan
The Bookman’s Tale (13) Lovett, Charlie
Bottomland (15) Hoover, Michelle
Bound (15) Gunning, Sally
Bright Side of Disaster (14) Center, Katherine
Burial Rites (15) Kent, Hannah
Calling Me Home (15) Kibler, Julie
Can of Peas (13) DePree, Tracii
A Catch of Consequence (12) Norman, Diana
Charms for the Easy Life (14) Gibbons, Kaye
Chocolat (14) Harris, Joanne
A Cup of Tea (15) Ephron, Amy
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper (15) Patrick, Phaedra
The Devil’s Company (13) Liss, David
Disobedience (14) Hamilton, Jane
The Dive From Clausen’s Pier (15) Packer, Ann
Doc (10) Russell, Mary Dora
Domestic Violets (11) Norman, Matthew
Dragon House (12) Shors, John
Dragonwyck (12) Seton, Anya
The Dress Lodger (13) Holman, Sheri
Enemy Women (14) Jiles, Paulette
The Eyre Affair (15) Fforde, Jasper
Feint of Art (13) Lind, Hailey
The Fencing Master (14) Perez-Reverte, Arturo
Fieldwork (11) Berlinski, Mischa
The Girl Who Wrote in Silk (14) Estes, Kelli
The Girls (15) Yglesias, Helen
The God of Small Things (15) Roy, Arundhati
The Good Thief (11) Tinti, Hannah
Guernsey Literary and Potato..(12) Shaffer & Barrows
Hector and the Search for Happiness (13) Lelord, Francois
The Heretic’s Daughter (14) Kent, Kathleen
He’s Gone (14) Caletti, Deb
Holidays on Ice (8) Sedaris, David
The Homecoming of Samuel Lake (13) Wingfield, Jenny
Homer & Langley (13) Doctorow, E. L.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (14) Ford, Jamie
If You Only Knew (15) Higgins, Kristan
In the Country of the Young (15) Carey, Lisa
Keeping the House (13) Baker, Ellen
The Lace Reader (11) Barry, Brunonia
A Land More Kind than Home (13) Cash, Wiley
The Language of Flowers (14) Diffenbaugh, Vanessa
The Last Bridge (15) Coyne, Teri
Last Call (14) Pedersen, Laura
Last Days of Night (15) Moore, Graham
Lexicon (15) Barry, Max
Life’s A Beach (13) Cook, Claire
The Lost City of Z (14) Grann, David
Loving Frank (15) Horan, Nancy
Lunch at the Piccadilly (15) Edgerton, Clyde
Man and Boy (13) Parsons, Tony
A Man Called Ove (15) Backman, Fredrik
Man of the House (12) Hudler, Ad
Mind of Winter (13) Kasischke, Laura
Miracle Life of Edgar Mint (15) Udall, Brady
Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind (15) Ross, Ann B.
Mr. Timothy (15) Bayard, Louis
A Murder is Announced (14) Christie, Agatha
My Name is Mary Sutter (15) Oliveira, Robin
Naked in Death (14) Robb, J.D.
The Nanny Diaries (15) McLaughlin/Kraus
Natural Born Charmer (14) Phillips, Susan Elizabeth
Niagara Falls All Over Again (12) McCracken, Elizabeth
The Ninth Wife (15) Stolls, Amy
Nothing Daunted (13) Wickendon, Dorothy
The Ocean at the End of the Lane (15) Gaiman, Neil
Old Man River & Me (15) Knudsen, Mark A.
The One-in-a-Million Boy (14) Wood, Monica
Patty Jane’s House of Curl (10) Landvik, Lorna
Playing Dead (14) Heaberlin, Julia
The Poe Shadow (15) Pearl, Matthew
Pomegranate Soup (15) Mehran, Marsha
The Queen’s Man (15) Penman, Sharon Kay
Rabbit Cake (15) Hartnett, Annie
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend (15) Bivald, Katarina
A Reliable Wife (15) Goolrick, Robert
Remarkable Creatures (12) Chevalier, Tracy
The Road from Coorain (15) Conway, Jill Ker
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt (14) Hoffman, Beth
The School of Essential Ingredients (15) Bauermeister, Erica
Sea Glass (8) Shreve, Anita
The Secret Life of Bees (15) Kidd, Sue Monk
Shutter Island (15) Lehane, Dennis
The Silent Wife (15) Harrison, A.S.A.
Something Borrowed (13) Giffin, Emily
The Space Between Us (14) Umrigar, Thrity
A Spot of Bother (14) Haddon, Mark
Star of the Sea (15) O’Connor, Joseph
Step Ball Change (15) Ray, Jeanne
Still Life (13) Penny, Louise
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (11) Zevin, Gabrielle
The Sugar Queen (13) Allen, Sarah Addison
Sunflowers (13) Bundrick, Sheramy
Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (12) Bradley, Alan
Thanks for the Memories (14) Ahern, Cecelia
The Thirteenth Tale (13) Setterfield, Diane
This Glittering World (14) Greenwood, T.
This Is Where I Leave You (10) Trapper, Jonathan
To Kill a Mockingbird (6) Lee, Harper
Turtle Moon (12) Hoffman, Alice
Unless (14) Shields, Carol
Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (14) Joyce, Rachel
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox (13) O’Farrell, Maggie
Watermark (15) Sankaran, Vanitha
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? (13) Semple, Maria
Whistling Past the Graveyard (15) Crandall, Susan
The Whistling Season (14) Doig, Ivan
Winterdance (14) Paulsen, Gary
Year of Wonders (15) Brooks, Geraldine

This book discussion lending program is made possible by the generosity of members of the Friends of the West Des Moines Library.